Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

October 1, 2009 -

Jack Thompson has been making waves this week, riding a lawsuit against Facebook back into the mainstream media.

Thompson’s multi-million dollar lawsuit against Facebook is based on the disbarred lawyer’s findings, “nearly five weeks ago,” of “Jack Thompson Groups” spread across the social networking site, which he claims advocate violence and harassment against him. Thompson stated that, at the time, three different letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not result in the removal of these groups, which, in light of the company’s quick removal of “Should Barack Obama Be Killed” polls, only served to further incense Thompson.

Bloomberg and the Huffington Post are among the mainstream media outlets to pick up Jack’s suit, which he announced in an email on Tuesday, September 29. In the dispatch he labeled videogame “news sites,” including GamePolitics specifically, as “terror sites.”

An email from Thompson sent this morning, under the headline “Instant Confirmation from Around the Globe that Jack Thompson’s Suit against Facebook Is a Winner,” trumpets coverage of the case on both “reputable” news and videogame websites as proof  of “not only why the lawsuit had to be brought but why it will succeed.”

GP: Frankly, Thompson crowing victory as a result of the widespread coverage he received is among the reasons we didn’t report on the story as it developed. Is he still relevant to the gaming industry? It’s this editor’s opinion that he is not, at least when dealing in generalities. For now, as a way to move forward with this subject, GP will simply qualify coverage of any Jack story on a case-by-case basis. What do the GP readers think?


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Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

JT’s had a Facebook account for a while now. A lot of those groups have been around for at least a couple years or so. And he’s only just become aware of them recently? Just stands to show how technologically out of step he really is. This from a person who googles his name every morning.

 
I would say the pulling of the recent “Should Obama be Killed?” poll would lend some weight to his argument, but to my knowledge none of those groups have ever advocated violence against him, and many of them have been inactive for a long time (I should know, as I’m a member of at least two of them). But knowing how corporations operate, Facebook will probably have them pulled anyway just to shut him up and make him go away…a tactic that’s proven successful for him against corporations in the past, unfortunately. Ideally Facebook should just tell him to go pound sand and keep the groups up out of spite. But most big business would rather take the quick and tidy solution rather than get into a protracted battle with a loudmouth like Thompson that could result in headaches and potential bad publicity that they’d rather not have to deal with. In reality, though, JT doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
 
Thompson’s done with. He’s been disbarred and despite his threats he’ll be practicing law again, he’s not coming back anytime…well…ever. The guy’s finished, over with, done. If you do run any stories about him, it should only be for comedic value now.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

I've read quite a few quotes from people on groups advocating violence. From a person offering $50 for a video of Jack being punched in the face to a suggestion he needs to hit round the head with an Atari 2600.

Serious or not, it's easy to see how the claim that violence is being advocated has come about.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

There's a HUGE difference between saying "He should be punched" to LEGAL advocacy/incitment of violence.

To win on that in court you basically have to show that someone was inciting to imminent lawless action, that they were advocating specific violence at the specific time.

The $50 one MIGHT work.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

Post them all. News about Jack always brightens my day.

 

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

If it's directly to do with gaming or GamePolitics, then report it, sure. But other than that, why bother?

(Great job on the pic btw!)

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

This one would have been better....

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Homer_shiningspoof.PNG/200px-Homer_shiningspoof.PNG

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

The newborn's increasingly able to do without your constant attention, huh? Thereby freeing you up to post pictures once again, huh?

The rofl-a-copter might have been your best contribution to date. Did you notice the power supply cord snaking up the young lady's neck? I think the copter blades can actually spin under their own power.

My people, my people. Wherefore art thou, my people? *shakes head*

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

It's funny how he bounces between all-conquering victor and snivelling victim at the drop of a hat.

"I'm going to take all you pixelantes and Take Two and GP down! Or else!"

An hour later "BAAAAW! People said silly mean things about me."

While I do think Facebook and other social networking sites should take action against serious cases of bullying when proven, Thompson just made a joke of the issue by asking for 40 million in his case. It seems he isn't the only who changes. Gamers went from being stupid retarded children who don't matter in his eyes, to being evil tormentors who inflicted such anguish on Thompson that he needs 40 million!

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

""Thompson said there was no response to his faxed requests to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in August and September to remove the postings.""

That poor, poor fax machine....

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

RIP Mark Zuckerberg's Fax Machine.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

Maybe he'll send Zuckerberg some gay porn.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

And another fax comes, And another fax comes.....

Another one bites the dust, hey hey hey.....

He's gonna fax to you, Another one bites the dust....

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

Jack may be not relevent to anything anymore, and there may be little point to reporting on his tantrums, but it's still fun to read about for the lulz.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

He's still disbarred From What I know, [Sarcasm]Is he still drinking the Draino[Sarcasm]

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

I know! I really have mixed feelings on this one. Should we keep covering JT stories like this?

On one hand, no; the less coverage JT gets, the better. We dont want to encourage his behavior.

On the other hand, HELL YEAH! We want to entice him because hes such a blast to watch! Its like watching a dog fight...itself. You feel sorry and guilty about encouraging him, but its such good entertainment!

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

Oh yeah, it is october first.  So is he back to practicing law again?

Re: Jack’s Back: Sues Facebook, Declares Himself a Winner

Well, he has to find a new way to pay his bills, doesn´t he? Jack Thompson, the biggest attention hoe on the planet.

They will look up and shout "Give ROFLCOPTERS to us"... and I´ll whisper "NO". The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com

 
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Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
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Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
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Andrew Eisen...following.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
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